by Spike Valentine
Jim Healis, US Navy veteran & writer, has assembled a pack of hired big guns:comic book veteran penciller Ale Garza (Gen 13, Batgirl), colorist Jesse Haegy (Grimm Fairy Tales) and letterist Tom Napolitano (Constantine: The Hellraiser, Aquaman). The mission? Blue Mamba, a new comic book about the adventures of a sexy former Marine ‘Clarissa’, who now lives a very happy life with her wife, Echo.
But this isn’t everything about our woman of action, since she’s also involved in Black Ops of shady echelons of governments which, granted, could pay well but it’s very suspicious.
Clarissa is payed to infiltrate an extreme Marxist terrorist group you might have heard of in order to stop a violent plot targeting innocent civilians whose only crime would have been holding a different opinion. Sometimes she’ll have fight, and others she’ll have to love her enemies, if you naughty kids catch uncle Spike’s drift!
Healis story sets up what is decidedly the first of many stories with a simple approach; get all the action & “adult entertainment” out there while throwing the building blocks of a larger narrative both regarding Clarissa’s employer and how the stuff her work demands could affect her relationship with the lovely Echo.
My only complaint (and it probably is just the review had a couple of pages out of order) is that a couple of scenes seemed weirdly out of pace. But since they make much more sense when moving them, I guess it’s just the copy.
Regarding the linework, well, we all know Ale Garza. I became a fan of his because of Gen 13 and he is becoming a mainstay of indie projects too, like Patriotika and now Blue Mamba. While the art is good, I have to say it’s not Ale’s finest work. It looks a bit rushed in some parts. Something to keep an eye on for the second round.
But, now you know there’s a sexy assassin out there waiting for you to support her hot missions if you are over 18!
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